HP Expands the Scope of Its Big Data Ambitions

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    At the Discover 2014 conference in Barcelona today, Hewlett-Packard announced a raft of new offerings aimed at making it simpler to tap into the potential benefits of Big Data.

    Starting with a new database-as-a-service (DBaaS) offering based on HP Vertica columnar database and the Intelligent Data Operating Layer (IDOL) software that HP gained with the acquisition of Autonomy, to the new HP 3PAR storage systems that unify the management of file, block and object storage, HP is clearly signaling its intent to dominate data management across the enterprise.

    As part of that effort, HP also announced an Intelligent Retention and Content Management offering that combines HP StoreAll, HP ControlPoint and HP Records Manager software to provide a governance framework for managing data both large and small.

    Shilpa Lawande, general manager for Big Data Platforms at HP, notes that to one degree or another, all the strategic initiatives being launched today either complement or extend HAVEn, the HP Big Data platform the company created by combining Vertica and Autonomy software with a distribution of Hadoop from Hortonworks and the HP Arcsight security information event management (SIEM) with HP Operations Management software.

    To that end, HP also presented an upgrade to HP ArcSight that makes use of Big Data sources to not only identify more potential threats, but also do it in a way that HP says is now 1,000 times faster. In a similar vein, a new release of the HP IT Operations Management suite makes use of Vertica and IDOL software to draw inferences across business applications and massive amounts of unstructured data.

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    Today also marks the availability of new HP Integrity Superdome X and HP Integrity NonStop X servers based on the company’s Gen9 server architecture. Optimized for in-memory computing databases, the servers, codenamed DragonHawk and Kraken, combine the robustness of HP’s existing fault-tolerant software for high-end servers with the latest generation of Intel Xeon processors.

    Finally, HP also launched additions to the HP ConvergedSystem and CloudSystem server lineups that include a version of HP OneView management software, which now supports RESTful application programming interfaces (APIs).

    Obviously, HP is marshalling all of its resources to leverage Big Data to address a whole host of IT issues and opportunities. Most organizations, of course, are not going to take on all those challenges simultaneously. But it’s clear that HP wants customers to starting thinking of HAVEn in particular as not just a bundle of software, but rather as a platform that can be extended in almost any Big Data direction that customers choose to take.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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